Everything You Need to Know About the Nantucket Wine and Food Festival

The Nantucket Wine and Food Festival is one of the island’s biggest events of the year. Downtown streets fill with the best culinary creations in the country, paired with wines from around the world. Tickets sell out quickly, so be sure to get yours today! Here’s everything you need to know about attending the annual Nantucket Wine and Food Festival. 

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Your Guide to the Nantucket Wine and Food Festival

Your bags are packed, and you’re ready to embark on the annual Nantucket Wine and Food Festival, but where do you start? Explore the best of the festival this year with our comprehensive guide. From tasty chef demonstrations to superior wine pairings, you will fall for our island’s biggest event!

  • About the Festival

The Nantucket Wine and Food Festival is one of the most prestigious of its kind. The island of Nantucket is already world-renowned as a mecca for one-of-a-kind culinary creations, making it the perfect spot for chefs from around the globe to showcase their talent. 

The festival was born 24 years ago as a charitable resource benefiting Nantucket Island Community, its agricultural land, and the Nantucket High School Culinary Arts Program. Today, it is a pillar for culinary festivals around the world.

  • Festival Schedule

It can be hard to pick and choose which events to attend during the festival. With so many happenings all around the island, you’ll have to prioritize which are your must-see events. Some of our annual favorites include the Great Wines in Grand Houses series, the waterfront Harbor Gala, The Burgundy Dinner, the Full English Breakfast Fry Up, the Champagne Clambake, and, of course, the Grand Tastings. Whether you’re looking for elegant eateries or a laid-back island experience, this culinary festival does not disappoint. For a full schedule of events, click here.

  • Festival Participants

Festival participants come from all around the world. Nantucket is lined with celebrity chefs, expert sommeliers, and press coverage from the nation’s most prominent publications. And it’s not just about the welcoming worldly guests to the island—it’s also a time to recognize the island’s own five-star talent. 

See demonstrations from Oak + Rowan’s own Chef Michelle Boland and Òran Mór’s Edwin Claflin. Sip on wines from Bodega Catena Zapata, Daou Vineyards, Jackson Family Fine Wines, and so many more.        

Stay in the Heart of Nantucket at Periwinkle Inn

Pequod room Periwinkle InnBook your stay at Periwinkle Inn for your visit to the Nantucket Wine and Food Festival. Enjoy authentic Nantucket style in the Pequod Room. The room features a canopy-draped queen-size bed, Egyptian cotton linens, plush Turkish towels and bathrobes, and Malin + Goetz bath products. 

Can’t make it for the Wine and Food Festival? No worries. There are plenty of exciting festivals throughout the year. Explore all of Nantucket’s biggest events in our guide to island events. We can’t wait to welcome you to our island in the sea!